Sheldon Gelman

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Office: LB 129

p. 216-687-2324




A.B., Rutgers College
J.D., Rutgers School of Law, (Newark)
LL.M., Harvard Law School


Professor Gelman was a National Institute of Mental Health Fellow in Anthropology at the University of Chicago before attending law school. He has practiced law in s small private firm, a legal aid office, and an office specializing in class actions on behalf of institutionalized psychiatric patients. He litigated a leading case involving the right of psychiatric patients to refuse medication.

Professor Gelman's articles about constitutional law, law and psychiatry, and jurisprudence have appeared in the Georgetown Law Journal, the Minnesota Law Review, and the William and Mary Law Review. His history of medical and legal developments in modern schizophrenia treatment (MEDICATING SCHIZOPHRENIA) was published in 1999 by Rutgers University Press.

Teaching Areas:

Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, Psychiatry and Law, Law and Medicine, Evidence.


Research Areas:

Constitutional Law, Law and Medicine, Legal History, Psychiatry and Law